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Meet Dr. Nelson



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As the son of an orthodontist, I was fortunate to grow up in the wonderful world of orthodontics! My father, James, practiced orthodontics in Ballard and Magnolia for more than 40 years. As a high school student, I worked in my dad’s lab making orthodontic study models and appliances. Before entering dental school, I spent a year working as a clinical assistant in his Ballard office. Those years working for my dad gave me a great appreciation for the impact orthodontics has in our patients’ lives.

Following my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA in 1996. I then completed my two-year orthodontic residency at the University of the Pacific in 1998, receiving my Master’s degree and Orthodontic Certificate.

Upon graduation in 1998, I considered many different options to begin my career, ultimately deciding to start my own practice from the “ground up” on the Sammamish Plateau. It was a great decision! I feel so grateful and blessed to practice in such an amazing community.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy anything related to golf, football and basketball - you can usually find me working on my jump shot pre-dawn at the Sammamish YMCA! I am active in my church and love supporting great charitable causes like Mamma’s Hands & Relay for Life.

Professional Memberships

  • Seattle King County Dental Society
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • Cascade Orthodontic Study Club
“The friendly service and capable professionals have made our experience at Sammamish Orthodontics something to smile about. Thank you!.”
–Molly H.
“Sammamish Orthodontics gave me the smile that I’ve always wanted. It has given me the confidence and the self-esteem that has propelled me through life.”
“I love my teeth and I get compliments all the time on my smile. Dr. Nelson, Dr. Steinhart, and their staff are awesome; I loved going there for my appointments.”
–Cameron, Sammamish, WA
“My daughter had to wear braces for two years. It was a long process but we can't thank you enough for always making it an enjoyable experience when she walked in. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness, professionalism and the difference you made in our daughters smile!”
“Drs. Nelson & Steinhart are wonderful! They don't use the cookie cutter approach to orthodontia; rather they truly evaluate the needs of each person and discuss the options with you. Everyone in the office is wonderful! My son looks forward to his appointments here.”
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